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CCSU Expands On-Campus Smoking Ban

As the new school year gets underway, Central Connecticut State University is making some big changes – to its on-campus smoking policy.

The new policy bans smoking everywhere except four locations on campus, including parking lots and smoking shelters, according to the “Smoking Policy” section of the university’s Web site.

Mark McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the university, said the changes are the result of a survey conducted last spring.

“The majority of the respondents preferred a smoke-free campus with a few designated areas reserved for smoking,” McLaughlin wrote in an email to NBC Connecticut on Monday.

McLaughlin said the university’s former policy permitted smoking everywhere on campus except in residence halls and within 25 feet of buildings.

The CCSU Web site attributes the new policy to the “university’s goal to provide a safe and healthy work environment” and says it applies to students, employees and visitors alike.

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Tobacco Articles

 

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Pascagoula doctor says smoking ban is important issue

Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum.

“We hope we get 100,000 people or maybe 50,000 people,” said Dr. Steve Demetropoulos of Pascagoula, immediate past president of the association. “We’re doing this to demonstrate support at a greater level than we have in the past.”

It’s not a petition campaign to force an election on a state constitutional amendment, which would require more than 100,000 signatures of registered voters, but an effort to persuade lawmakers to call a vote on their own.

Indoor smoking bans have failed multiple times in the Mississippi legislature, although 84 Mississippi towns and cities have passed them. Fewer than 25 percent of Mississippians are covered by smoke-free workplace laws, according to the medical association. Proposed bans would typically cover public buildings, workplaces, bars and restaurants. Casinos could also be covered, although that has been a point of particular debate.

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 24 percent of Mississippi adults are smokers, tied for the sixth-highest rate among the 50 states. Nationwide, 19.6 percent of adults were smokers, with the lowest rate in Utah, where 10.6 percent were. State Health Officer Mary Currier has said a smoking ban could quickly cut heart disease and heart attacks by 25 percent statewide.

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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Tobacco News

 

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A Less Defiant Tack in a Campaign to Curb Smoking by Teenagers

SMOKING had long been a hallmark of teenage rebellion when “Truth,” a campaign from Legacy, introduced its first antismoking commercial in 2000. In the commercial, young people gather at the New York headquarters of the Philip Morris tobacco company and dump 1,200 body bags, representing the number of daily deaths attributed to smoking. The spot sought to shift a perception of cigarettes as a symbol of rebellion to one of the tobacco industry as the real enemy to rebel against.

The continuing “Truth” effort has been widely viewed as a success. A 2009 study in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, for example, found that from 2000 through 2004, the effort was directly responsible for preventing 450,000 teenagers from starting to smoke. Now Legacy is about to introduce a new effort on behalf of the “Truth” campaign, “Finish It,” which takes a decidedly less rebellious tone.

A new commercial opens with “Revolusion,” a song by the Swedish performer Elliphant, and white text against an orange background. “In 2000, 23 percent of teens smoked,” it reads. “Today, only 9 percent of teens smoke. That’s less than the number of VHS tapes sold in 2013. It’s less than the number of landlines still in use. But the fight isn’t over.”

The spot shows photographs that teenage users of Facebook and Instagram have posted of themselves trying to look tough or sexy while smoking, which have garnered hundreds of “likes” from their friends on the social networks. Similar to the Human Rights Campaign, which last year asked social media users to change their profile pictures to a version of its logo, an equal sign, to show support for marriage equality, the campaign urges teenagers to change their profile pictures, too.

As detailed in the spot, on thetruth.com website users can superimpose a logo for the campaign, an “X” in an orange square, onto a profile picture, meaning their faces are still visible.

“We have the power,” text in the spot concludes. “We have the creativity. We will be the generation that ends smoking. Finish it.”

The commercial, which will be introduced on Monday, is part of a campaign that includes cinema advertising and digital advertising, and is being pitched to consumers ages 15 to 21. It is the first campaign for Legacy (formerly known as the American Legacy Foundation) by 72andSunny in Los Angeles, which is owned by MDC Partners. The foundation will spend an estimated $130 million on advertising over the next three years on all its antismoking campaigns, which include efforts that focus on older smokers.

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Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Tobacco News

 

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Only 6 out of 21 states didn’t violate anti-tobacco ad laws in 2012-13

Andhra Pradesh led in the number of violations of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA) with prosecution of 71,705 persons and collection of Rs 52,83,948 as fine between April 2012 and September last year. Parliament was informed by Health Minister Harshvardhan that the enforcement of COTPA is the responsibility of the states.

Of the 21 states for which data was available, six had not reported any cases during this period. Only four states exceeded the prosecution/challan of more than 10,000 persons. In Tamil Nadu, a total of 26,081 persons were prosecuted and a sum of Rs 27,73,750 was collected as fine. Karnataka had 19,030 prosecutions resulting in collection of Rs 19, 58,724 as fine, while Rajasthan had 12,891 prosecutions and Rs 13,51,314 as fine.

COTPA Amendment Rules 2011 were notified in August 2011. These rules mandate prohibition of sale of tobacco products to and by persons below the age of eighteen years and recovery of fine thereon by the authorised officers. The then health secretary in August last year had written to all the chief secretaries and director generals of police in states/union territories for implementing the rules related to regulation of advertisements at points of sale.

Based upon the request of Health & Family Welfare Ministry, the then home secretary in May this year sent an advisory to the director generals of police in states /union territories to incorporate COTPA as one of the agenda items in the monthly crime review meetings at the district level. In June this year, then Health Ministry additional secretary wrote to all the chief secretaries and administrators in states /union territories to make compliance to COTPA a necessary condition in the licenses being issued to eating house and restaurants.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister said in reply to another question that multimedia campaigns are implemented for behaviour change on mass media supported by outdoor media such as hoardings, bus panels, information kiosks, folk performances and exhibition vans for creating awareness and demand generation at service centres/facilities across the country among general population on services being provided to prevent AIDS.

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Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Tobacco News

 

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